Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has high hopes for both himself and quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Hopkins said during organized team activities that he envisions the pair to develop into the best quarterback/wide receiver tandem in football this season.
“Honestly, I feel like I set the standard high for myself and him, so I think we can be the best in this league,” the 25-year-old Hopkins said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I think he can be the best quarterback. I know I can be the best wide receiver. That’s our mindset coming into the season.”
Watson is making progress on his surgically repaired knee and is expected to be cleared well before the start of the regular season.
Hopkins said he’s been impressed with how Watson has prepared mentally while his body heals.
“I would say him studying off the field, just learning the system (and) not just coming out and making the plays that he naturally can do,” Hopkins said, per the newspaper. “I would say studying defenses, being a student of the game. Just the conversations we have in between workouts and warming up. It’s constantly going over defenses, talking about what we can do to get better. I definitely can see him wanting to be the best.”
Watson sustained his injury during practice on Nov. 2 and underwent surgery at week later, ending his rookie season.
Before suffering the knee injury, Watson amassed 1,699 yards passing and 19 touchdowns in seven games, adding 269 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 36 carries.
The Texans averaged 40 points per game between Weeks 4 and 8 with Watson at quarterback.
Hopkins led the league with 13 touchdown receptions last season, with seven coming from Watson. He also had 96 catches and finished fourth in the league with 1,378 yards.
A calf injury forced Hopkins to sit out the regular-season finale, the first game he has missed in his five years with the Texans.